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Oneida County lawmakers to sign first-ever cyber-bullying law

By JOLEEN FERRIS

(WKTV) - As Oneida County lawmakers and the county executive prepare to sign the county's first-ever cyber-bullying legislation, victims and parents are rejoicing.
 
"I'm thrilled that this is happening, thrilled because I did what I had to do and now hopefully with this law the schools can do more that they need to do to protect the kids and not have to go through what my daughter did," says Michele Grifasi, of Rome.
   
For Grifasi's daughter, a situation with an ex-boyfriend was made worse when people who were not involved got involved.
 
"She's trying to sit in the class and do things and then she gets out of the class and there's text messages for her and facebook things that she couldn't get away from and in reality, in the end of it she ended up trying to kill herself," says Grifasi.
   
Ben Field dressed differently from the other kids in Town of Webb Schools. He listened to different music and didn't play their sports. For this, he was the target of vicious, relentless cyber-bullying.
 
"They bullied me, I'd get 10-15 messages a day on facebook, 6 or 7 emails a day of just the worst, most rotten comments ever," says Field.
 
The bullying pushed Field toward his future career path, which he's currently pursuing.
   
"I just shook it off, I mean people are going to say what they're going to say but it did push me to drive to me a law enforcement officer. I'm in college right now at MV for criminal justice," says Field.

Grifasi says her daughter is doing much better. She's a senior at RFA, a varsity gymnast and volleyball player.

She also speaks at local schools about bullying.
 

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